You might be thinking about switching careers when the door of opportunity opens and offers you something better than your current position. Not to mention, lately you come to a bitter realisation that your current career offers you neither room for improvement nor path to grow. When trapped in a situation with no-no solution, there are good chances that you would be more than excited to move on soon and leave your company for good. But then again, you cannot neglect the fact that there are some unavoidable risks if you choose to change careers and you start to rethink the decision.
At some point in life, people will eventually make a career switch. In fact, it is rare to find someone who instantly fits into one job and makes it their career for life. Most people change their career for a couple of times before settling down with a job. However, it cannot be denied that making a career change is a big decision that comes with its own advantages and drawbacks. When it is done without careful consideration, this can result in you going to have the same career stagnation in the new job. Even worse, you can end up being jobless when you are unable to handle the new role well.
To anticipate those risks, there are a few questions you should consider before making a career change:
What was the reason you choose this job?
When you realise that your current job could be a wrong choice, you should remember the reasons why you pick this job at the first place. When you can find the answer for this question and reflect what has gone wrong, you can avoid making the same mistake so you will have better prospective career in your next move. For example, if you realise that the only reason you stay in your current job is only due to its paycheck or compensation, then maybe you should not use the same reason to choose the next job.
What makes you want to leave this job?
Before you really leave your current job, you should observe the reason that makes you want to leave. You should make it clear whether it is internal factors such as you have unbelievable boss, impossible job roles, excessive workload, toxic coworkers and unhealthy working environment, or external factors such as you have new career interests or even bored with your current career. When you have found exact reason that makes you want to move on, you can review whether or not the reason can be fixed. For example if your reason is just boredom, there is big possibility that you still need to stay in your current career. However, you should make sure that you will not find the same issue in the next job.
What do you expect from your next job?
Most people who plan to pursue a new job only see the good sides of it. While everyone expects to have a better career journey ahead where everything runs smoothly, it is no less important to consider about the new challenges you will face as well. While you always wish the best for you to happen, you cannot fully rely on your expectation. You should always get ready to face unwanted circumstances so you will not be easy to get down when something unpredictable comes to you.
What prevents you from moving on?
Sometimes, your plan to switch careers will just stuck as ‘a plan’ as you find some aspects are preventing you from making it into reality. To deal with this, you should write a list of things that might block your step and solve it one by one. For a start, you can begin from the easiest one. However, when you find that all obstacles make it impossible for you to move on, you should set up another tangible plan.
What is your plan B?
Failure is never wanted but it might happen to everyone. There is possibility that you are not accepted in the new job or fired on the first week, you don’t get what you expect in the new job, and other bad events you never expected to happen. At this point, you should prepare an alternative plan for those possibilities. Do not let your career change ruin your life just because you do not prepare it well.